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The work of a great educator extends beyond the classroom. Teachers have a commitment to equity and social justice. They respond to the needs of their students and the community. They’re dedicated to the vocation of teaching and learning.

At St. Norbert College, your development as a culturally competent teacher occurs at the intersection of theory and practice. Beginning your first year, you’ll be immersed in multiple structured experiences in classrooms from preschool through grade 12. You’ll have opportunities to experience diverse settings – including rural, urban, public, private and abroad. Here, you will integrate social justice practices, service-learning endeavors and interdisciplinary pursuits consistent with the Catholic, liberal arts and Norbertine intellectual tradition of St. Norbert College. 

At St. Norbert College, you can earn a Bachelors degree and complete a teacher preparation program leading to certification in one of the following developmental levels:
  • Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (ages birth to 11)
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (ages 6 to 13)
  • Early Adolescence-Adolescence (ages 10 to 21)
  • Early Childhood-Adolescence (ages birth to 21)
Your experiences in the four-year teacher-education program will include:
  • Education courses beginning in your first year.
  • More than 200 hours of direct classroom contact with students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
  • Diverse student-teaching placements, including those in urban, suburban and rural areas, in public and private schools, and in schools abroad.
  • A 13-to-1 student-faculty ratio.
  • Additional opportunities to work with children in educational settings beyond those in the teacher-education program, such as the TRIPS service trip program and the Sturzl Center for Community Service & Learning.

A Teacher-Education Degree at Work
Teachers don’t just know the subjects they teach, they also know how children develop and grow; how learning varies from child to child; and how to manage, plan for and assess an entire classroom of students. A teacher-education major and/or certification will prepare you to teach in public or private schools and at grade levels ranging from preschool through high school. While most teachers work in schools, teachers can work in many other settings:

  • Higher education
  • After-school programs
  • Public libraries
  • Nonprofit organizations (i.e., the Boys and Girls Club)
  • Childcare centers
  • Museums
  • Environmental/outdoor learning centers
Enrich Your Teacher-Education Degree
In the St. Norbert teacher-education program, you will gain classroom experience at each age level in which you’ll be certified, by student-teaching in the U.S. or abroad. You also will have the opportunity to put your classroom knowledge to work with Sophomore Block, a hands-on pre-student teaching field experience.

As a teacher-education student, you may be eligible for a number of scholarships and awards. You also can gain exposure to the teaching profession as a member of the Aspiring Educators and the Center for Urban Teaching Club.

Alumni Highlight


As St. Norbert’s education majors take their skills out into the world, they are finding new teaching environments in which to apply them.

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Faculty Highlight

Tynisha Meidl

“I offer two types of office hours: the traditional kind, where I leave my door open … And a very different kind, where students or I can be anywhere and use any device.” – Ty Meidl (Teacher-Education)

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